in a recent visit with your therapist the new one you realized you only have so much time as someone feeling okay for once as someone unafraid or not yet afraid clutching
your coat as you did as a child that old wool coat you outgrew the year before the year she passed the year you got the call while in a meeting
she had passed and you missed it the moment the year of her leaving you had to decide how quickly to book a flight home because yes you wanted finally to see them but Christ she’s already gone
past the point of never again returning as you return again and will to her always having left before you had decided it was time to go
William Fargason’s poetry has appeared in The Threepenny Review, New England Review, Barrow Street, Rattle, Narrative, and elsewhere. He earned a MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, and currently, he is a PhD candidate in poetry at Florida State University. He lives with himself in Tallahassee, Florida.